COVID-19 School Response

Following the announcement by the government on Wednesday 18th March 2020, Lymm high School confirm that we shall be closing at 3.10pm on Friday 20th March.

The school will remain open for pupils who are the children of key workers. Please see this guidance from the government to clarify whether you or your partner are a “key worker” under the current directive:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.

For children who are classed as “vulnerable,” the school will also remain open.

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Children who have a social worker include children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.

Please note: the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Buses will run as normal on Monday 23rd March, and children attending school need to wear uniform as normal on Monday. Both situations will be regularly reviewed and we will update you with any changes.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible to indicate whether, as a key worker, you need to send your child(ren) into school next week https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pKAWUGLG4UeBIshlv3a2awRYL80PCwVMpChOatTmT2tUNzAzWlRROVVFSk5DTVQyMzA2TkUyNzEyVy4u

Message for Year 11 Parents and Carers

Dear all

Please note that school will be closed to Year 11 students tomorrow. Mrs Feast, Mrs Ryles-Dean and I have just spoken to the students and explained that we do not want to put them through another day of sitting in lessons that seem somewhat pointless at the moment given that they will not be sitting exams any time soon. We have explained that this is absolutely not a ‘goodbye’; whatever happens, we WILL hold a proper leaver’s day, with a proper leaver’s assembly, shirt-signing and all the rest of it. There will also certainly be a Prom at some point – they deserve nothing less. It will also help the school cope in the light of staff absence at the moment.

We will be in touch with more information for Year 11 soon. In the meantime, I just want to say that they have been absolutely incredible in the way they have handled today. I cannot remember a time where I have been more proud of a group of young people. I should also add that we very much consider them all to still be in our care and we will be doing all we can to support every single one of them over the next few weeks and months.

A very similar message was delivered to Year 13 earlier in the day. We do not expect them in school tomorrow but, amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is certain: we will get them all back together for a suitably positive leaver’s day and Prom.

School will remain open to Years 7-10 and Year 12 tomorrow as planned.

Kind regards
Gwyn Williams

Message for Year 11 Parents and Carers

Dear all

Please note that school will be closed to Year 11 students tomorrow. Mrs Feast, Mrs Ryles-Dean and I have just spoken to the students and explained that we do not want to put them through another day of sitting in lessons that seem somewhat pointless at the moment given that they will not be sitting exams any time soon. We have explained that this is absolutely not a ‘goodbye’; whatever happens, we WILL hold a proper leaver’s day, with a proper leaver’s assembly, shirt-signing and all the rest of it. There will also certainly be a Prom at some point – they deserve nothing less. It will also help the school cope in the light of staff absence at the moment.

We will be in touch with more information for Year 11 soon. In the meantime, I just want to say that they have been absolutely incredible in the way they have handled today. I cannot remember a time where I have been more proud of a group of young people. I should also add that we very much consider them all to still be in our care and we will be doing all we can to support every single one of them over the next few weeks and months.

A very similar message was delivered to Year 13 earlier in the day. We do not expect them in school tomorrow but, amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is certain: we will get them all back together for a suitably positive leaver’s day and Prom.

School will remain open to Years 7-10 and Year 12 tomorrow as planned.

Kind regards
Gwyn Williams

STEM Workshop

On Tuesday 3rd December we are hosting a STEM workshop for Year 7 students, we had some very enjoyable workshops last year.  The theme of the workshop is Sustainable Energy and it is being facilitated by Tomorrows Engineers.  There are 60 places available.  Students need to sign up with Mrs Dowdall who is based in the Maths office.

The Chinese Exchange Programme

Current Year 7 and 8 students are invited to express their interest in the first Lymm High School Chinese Exchange programme. The trip will take the students to Beijing and Xi’an on a 10 day immersive trip from 27th March 2021 – 5th April 2021. Included will be 3 days at a local secondary school as well as sightseeing at the Great Wall of China, the Chinese Terracota Warriors, the Forbidden City and Tianemen square. We hope to get time to visit the Olympic site and enjoy some Peking duck!

Students will stay in hotels throughout the trip. The students from China will visit Lymm High during Easter term 2020. Students attending the exchange will create joint projects and cultural sharing opportunities with these pupils and build lifelong friendships and experiences along the way.

Please click here for more information

There will be a parents information meeting on Tuesday 3rd December with the travel company responsible for the trip.

If you are interested in signing your child up for the trip a deposit of £400 will be due on 1st February 2020.

Parent Forum Evening

You are invited to attend our Parent Forum event on Tuesday 26th November, starting at 6pm and finishing no later than 7.30pm.

This is an ideal chance for you to come along and provide us with your feedback on the school, as well as to meet other parents. The headteacher and members of the senior leadership team will be there, along with school governors and they are keen to hear what you have to say. These are informal events and have always proved to be very constructive in the past.  This is a parent only event and is not open to the students.

Please bear in mind that we always ask parents attending these events to be aware that they are not the right place to raise specific concerns about your own children (though, of course, you must contact us separately if you have any concerns and we will do all we can to help): the focus is on school policy and practice generally.

If you are thinking of coming along, please let Mrs Headon know (hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk) so that we can plan the appropriate amount of refreshments.